This page will reflect the praises and testimonials my work has received, in the world of wine, workshops and books… So lucky am I.
At a recent seminar in California, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., spoke to Masters of Wine hopefuls on photographing the guts of the fermented drink. As if this cadre of connoisseurs hadn’t already been accused of joylessly stripping this liquid pleasure down to its bare essentials, Barrett, a onetime cancer researcher turned photographer and author, took it one step further by employing a microscope to capture wine’s molecular structure.
Turns out her photos are a lot more compelling than any MW tasting note. From droplets on a slide, the magnified liquid revealed striking colors and shapes reminiscent of our macro world, from dragonflies to emeralds. The artistic images were surprisingly illustrative of wine’s perceptible taste attributes. Sharply acidic sauvignon blanc evoked a spiky sea urchin, while an aged merlot spread in a soft blob across the film. Barrett shared the story of a perpetually irate winemaker. She said his wines, jagged at the molecular level, reflected an angry energy.
Which brings me back to love. If a wine can reflect anger or peace (myriad studies have tested the response of plants to human touch, tone, musical genres), could a wine made with love reflect it, too? What would it look or taste like?
~LAUREN MOWERY IN VILLAGE VOICE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Dr Sondra’s microscopic discovery was like an adventurous journey that was so eyeopening. It provided us with an entirely different perspective to look at the unfamiliar side of our familiar wines. Surprisingly, these pictures are not merely a feast to eyes, but also scientific indications regarding the various status and quality of wine. It is so amazing to be led by Sondra’s presentation to connect our taste senses and the knowledge at microscopic level.
Young Shi AIWS 施晔 Co-Founder |TasteSpirit Wine Academy Director
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12 Glasses and Harry Potter ~STACEY DALTON
Anyone who’s seen the Harry Potter movies knows about Platform 9 ¾ where the kids catch a train that mysteriously transports them to an unknown world at the mythical Hogwarts School. The School is full of fascinating characters and all sorts of special knowledge that they can’t learn anywhere else. That’s probably the best way to summarize the past 6 days that I spent at the Masters of Wine Residential seminar in San Francisco. There were about 100 students there (a mix of Stage 1, Stage 2, and those only re-taking the Practical Tasting exam). Note that the study phases are called “Stages” versus “Years” as many people need more than one year to get through either stage.
Other than the first day, every day started at 7:30am with a 2:15 hour timed blind tasting exam of 12 wines – white, red, or mixed bag of sparkling/fortified/dry. This was followed by another hour of feedback and review of all the humiliations we suffered during the exams. One thing (of many) we learned during these sessions is that the exam is not meant to trick us and primarily focuses on classic wines from classic regions.
Afternoons were blessedly filled with lectures on the costs of owning a vineyard, digital marketing in the wine world, historical origins of wine, and many other compelling topics. One of my favorites was by Sondra Barrett, who takes pictures of wine drops (and body cells) under a microscope. Not only were the pictures strikingly beautiful, they oddly resembled what you might mentally conjure up as how a particular wine might look if visually displayed. For example, think about the taste of Sauvignon Blanc – how would you illustrate its lean acidity, tart grapefruit, and grassy flavors in a diagram? Probably something with angled or jagged edges right? That’s exactly what it looked like. Check these pictures out here, they’re stunning.
Thank you so much Sondra for presenting to our MW group today. What a fascinating presentation and such beautiful work and context. It’s such a pleasure to get to hear you speak and see your work. Thank you again for your time and would love to stay in touch.
Hi Sondra, thanks for the wonderful weekend and for all the knowledge and wisdom your energy shared with all of us. Everything in the training was perfect. ‘Angie Maldonado
Amazing felt emotional there, what a wonderful informative weekend il never forget it,So sad for you to be leaving us. Come back with your wisdom real soon!
I have been thinking about your workshop and discussing it with friends. I really enjoyed and found it very informing. It must be hard for you as the instructor, as all the participants come with their own individual story and there is no truly “one size fits all” situation, pill, healing or health cure. But that being said, I thought everyone worked well and you did a great job in explaining everything. But the most intriguing thing for me was your explanation of the “intelligence” of the cells and that you have SEEN this. All the fun stories you told to illustrate this.
I am continuing on my path of knowledge concerning thoughts and beliefs and it makes this, for me, so much more “real” the knowing of the cell intelligence. I came away with a feeling that I now have a more personal relationship with my cells. What could be more important?
Thanks for the wonderful weekend and for all the knowledge and wisdom your energy shared with all of us. Everything in the training was perfect. Thank you all for your divine presence and your contribution to this wonderful weekend of knowledge and compassion.
AM, San Diego, CA
Sondra’s presentation was very informative. I learned a lot about the inner workings of the body and how to deal with stress. She has assisted me in being able to take better care of myself. A much needed course.
EA, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Barrett is a remarkably insightful and informative instructor. Her lectures are characterized by wisdom, wit and warmth. Her lecture style bridges the gap between molecules and mind, and experiential ways of activating the healer within. Dr. Barrett shares a sense of awe and mystery underlying the remarkable complexity of the biological universe, and expresses fundamental and practical discoveries with eloquent simplicity.
Will Gordon, President, Cortext Continuing Education Seminars for Health Professionals
Your book found its way to me here in Perth, Western Australia! Your book brought so many things together that I have read over the years. Did you know that there is a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome in a very small country town called Beverley here in WA. It houses the office of a petrol station & is rather derelict now.
Loved your book – so much fascinating stuff! And such rich insights & ideas. Thank you so much. Have used Pennebaker’s confession idea & found it extraordinary (as have many of my friends).
Love & thanks,Caroline Harry Perth, Western Australia
My wonderful husband ordered your book (Secrets of Your Cells) for me for Christmas. He is now devouring it just as I did, and cannot resist reading me bits as he goes through it. As I did to him. I am a naturopath (herbalist and nutritionist), in Australia. I found your book illuminating to say the least. I was researching neuroplasticity of the brain a couple of years ago (delivering a workshop to naturopaths) and am thrilled to learn more about how our thoughts can (and will!) shape our wellbeing. After 20 years of clinical practice, while I love to make up herbal formulas and occasionally recommend supplements (usually minerals in simple form) to kick-start things along, I am finding more and more these days my recommendations veer towards encouraging clients to find a way to achieve calm in their lives, because it seems we are facing an anxiety epidemic and this seems to be the backdrop to so much illness.
So, thank you for opening my mind to even further possibilities. Your book is beautifully written, eminently readable and I appreciate the self-help tools (practices) throughout. I will be ordering more copies because I know many others who will enjoy it as much as we have.
Kind regards, Lizzie – Elizabeth d’avigdor